Emerging artist Melanie Charles unveils her rendition of Betty Carter's "Jazz (Ain't Nothing But Soul)," a reminder of the lively spirit that lies at the heart of jazz music. As Charles puts it, "There's a spectrum of what [jazz] sounds like, and what that looks like, which is really beautiful."

"‘Jazz (Ain't Nothing But Soul)' embodies my mission of ‘Making Jazz Trill Again.' Written by Queens born Norman Mapp and sung by the iconic Betty Carter, it reminds us that despite the virtuosity Black American Music requires, it is quite simply for and by the PEOPLE," notes Charles. "It's speaking and walking in your truth. It is not the uptight museum music that has become popular amongst our jazz elite of today but a space to be free and unapologetically Black."

The track appears on Charles' first major label project, Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women, which is now set for release on November 12 via Verve. The forthcoming release is a love letter to the unheralded labor of Black women, containing reimagined works by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington and more.

Most recently, Charles debuted her renditions of Sarah Vaughan's "Detour Ahead" and Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" to critical praise; FLOOD Magazine proclaims, "Charles' reimagination of Sarah Vaughan's ‘Detour Ahead' is an ode to resilience," while Billboard declares, "Breathing new life into a 1960's anthem for empowerment, Melanie Charles delivers a charged performance of Marlena Shaw's ‘Woman of The Ghetto.'" Listen to the songs HERE and HERE, respectively.

Charles originally began developing the project in 2019 when she was approached by Verve to create a remix album using their back catalog. Her initial approach was to find songs that spoke to her with the intention of breathing new energy into them. She was immediately drawn to the voices of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn, enabling her to reminisce about the tunes and voices that made her fall in love with jazz. By the time she was ready to start recording, the pandemic hit and Americans were in the throes of a racial reckoning sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others. Taylor's death had an impact on Charles' creative process. "I was rudely reminded that Black women are and always have been undervalued, uncared for, unprotected and neglected. It was at that point that I decided to focus on songs written and or sung by the Black women who paved the way for me," recounts Charles. The resulting work comes together in Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women, featuring renditions of songs originally recorded by Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington and more.

On Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women, Charles leaves listeners with a powerful statement on what solidarity with Black women can look like. It includes not only care and attention to the everyday struggles that animate Black women's lives, but also to the beauty and joy as well. At its core, the record is a call for a more intersectional vision of the world in which Black women can live more freely and express their full humanity.

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